BLM opens more NPR-A acres to leasing

01/23/2006
The US Department of the Interior announced Jan. 11 approval of a US Bureau of Land Management amendment to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska’s leasing program, opening 389,000 acres for leasing in NPR-A’s northeastern corner.The plan calls for seven oil and gas leasing areas around Lake Teshekpuk. This area previously was off limits to oil and gas development because of environmental impact concerns.Henri Bisson, BLM’s director in Alaska, said the leasing program would include thousands of acres where no surface facilities-other than pipelines-would be allowed. This provision is intended to protect wildlife and birds.“We think we have a very [environmentally] ...
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